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ISSUE 216, January 2018

‘Lack of information’ prevents 
liquidation of bust promoter 

DORSET-BASED promoter Stephen C Associates (SCA), which apparently ceased trading more than six months ago has left creditors – including fans seeking ticket refunds – in limbo. 

The company, run by Stephen McManus, collapsed in July (see LIVE UK issue 211), leaving thousands of people chasing tickets refunds for two cancelled shows by Olly Murs, at Exeter’s Powderham Castle (cap. 10,000) and Bournemouth’s King’s Park (10,000).

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Maiden pleased with results in
battle against touting ‘plague’  

IRON MAIDEN are drastically reducing the number of tickets for their shows that end up on secondary sites by employing strict and comprehensive anti-touting measures. 

Working with Ticketmaster (TM), the band is using paperless tickets at many of the venues on its Legacy of the Beast UK tour, promoted by TM-owner Live Nation Entertainment later this year.

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Blaze destroys multi-storey
car park at Echo Arena 

MORE THAN 1,300 cars were destroyed after a fire ripped through the multi-storey car park used by Liverpool’s Echo Arena (cap. 11,000) on New Year’s Eve. 

The fire, believed to have started accidently in a car engine, took place as the arena, which is next to the car park, sta

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Ticketmaster ‘best seats’ claim
was misleading, says watchdog  

TICKETMASTER (TM) has been ordered to change the way it advertises platinum tickets after an investigation by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA). 

The ticketing giant was marketing its Platinum service as the “best available tickets”, but the ASA found these packages offered “no discernible difference” compared with general tickets. In some instances, the more expensive tickets provided what could be seen as a worst experience, as they were further away from the stage. 

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Prison could become new Reading theatre  

A DISUSED prison could be transformed into a new theatre in Reading after Arts Council England (ACE) pledged £20,000 towards the project.

The funds, which have been matched by Festival Republic and Trafalgar Entertainment Group, will go towards a feasibility study to see if the plans for Reading Prison, closed in 2013, are viable. 

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Epstein Theatre enters administration  

LIVERPOOL’S EPSTEIN Theatre (cap. 410) has gone into voluntary administration but will continue to operate as normal for the time being, according to the venue’s general manager.

After falling behind with its rent payments, Epstein Theatre en

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Bulk-buying bots banned  

TICKET TOUTS using, robotic software (bots) to bulk buy tickets for resale on secondary sites are to face unlimited fines in a new Government crackdown. 

Under legislation being brought in as part of the Digital Economy Act, the use of bots which allow touts to bypass security measures and prevent genuine fans from accessing tickets, is to become a criminal offence. Those breaking the law could be fined.

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Royal Blood phone thief jailed

A MAN who stole 53 mobile phones during a Royal Blood concert at Arena Birmingham (cap. 15,800) has been jailed for three years.

Construction worker Alin Marin admitted theft and was sentenced at Birmingham Crown Court on 18 December. 

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Sacked executive sentenced  

LIVE NATION Entertainment (LNE) vice-president of finance and strategic initiatives secretly filmed up women’s skirts on his commute to work, a court has heard. 

Andrew Macrae used a camera pen attached to his laptop to collect images. 

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TTF names new director  

THE TICKET Factory (TTF) has appointed former Really Useful Theatres Group commercial director Richard Howle as director of ticketing. 

Howle has spent 18 years working in the ticketing industry, including as international sales director at AKA Promotions. He is also a director of the governing council of the Society of Ticket Agents and Retailers (STAR). 

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Concert growth boosts theatres

THE UK’S theatres have seen a 47 per cent rise in sales revenue from concerts between 2013 to 2016, reveals a new report.

According to the Sales Data Report 2013-2016, complied by industry organisation UK Theatre, box office income across the country has increased from £19.7 million to £29.6m per annum.  

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First live acts revealed for the BRIT Awards

ED SHEERAN, Stormzy, Dua Lipa and Sam Smith will be among the acts performing live at the Mastercard-sponsored BRIT Awards. 

The event will take place on 21 February at London’s The O2, held at the venue for the eighth consecutive year. 

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More arrests likely after touting raids  

ARRESTS MADE as part of an investigation into contravention of the Consumer Rights Act by ticket touts are expected to cause significant disruption to the secondary market, with further arrests likely.  

Four people were arrested on suspicion of breaching consumer law, after officers from the eCrime unit of National Trading Standards (NTS) raided four properties across the UK on 12 December. 

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Midnight Mango opens in London  

BOOKING AGENCY Midnight Mango has opened a base in London, as it plans to expand its activities into the capital. 

Agent Ethan Proctor will run the office, which is in Kentish Town, while the company’s head office will remain near Glastonbury town.

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Venue Week ready for fifth anniversary 

SIXTY-FIVE new venues will be taking part in Independent Venue Week (IVW), which pays homage to the work of grassroots venues and aims to increase their profile.

In all, more than 160 venues from across the UK will be joining the event as IVW reaches its fifth edition, between 29 January to 4 February. 

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Interest in live music is
growing, says report

PEOPLE WOULD rather watch live music than go to the pub, cinema or football, according to a new survey.

More than 56 per cent of the public consider a live performance as a ‘great night’, opposed to 49 per cent for going for a drink with friends and watching a film (47 per cent), according to a report commissioned by venue management company Performances Birmingham, which operates the city’s Symphony Hall (cap. 2,260) and Town Hall (1,100).  

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Awards hit charitable note

OVER £148,500 was raised for music therapy charity Nordoff Robbins Scotland at the 19th edition of the annual Scottish Music Awards.  

Sponsored by energy company SSE, the awards are the main fundraising event for the charity, which was founded in 1996. Auctioned items included a Craig Campbell portrait of Debbie Harry, signed by the artiste.

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Mental health service launched 

MUSIC CHARITY Help Musicians UK (HMUK) has launched a 24/7 mental health service, Music Minds Matter, available to anyone working in the music industry. 

The scheme provides emotional support, advice on getting a diagnosis, counselling and access to appropriate resources. Those contacting the help line will also be able to receive advice on legal issues, debt and benefits, and have access to HMUK’s grant funding.

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Sound City returns to its roots 

SHOWCASE FESTIVAL Sound City will be taking place across a range of warehouses, outdoor stages and pop-ups across Liverpool’s Baltic Triangle and Cains Brewery area for its 11th edition.

Staged from 5-6 May, more than 250 acts will perform at the event, with conference Sound City + taking place on 4 May.

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Foundation increases activity in Europe 

PRS FOUNDATION (PRSF), the charity division of performance royalty society PRS For Music, has expanded its activity across mainland Europe in a bid to increase opportunities for the emerging UK acts it supports. 

PRSF is joining the Netherlands-based European Talent Exchange Programme (ETEP), which helps artistes to access new markets they would not otherwise easily reach.  

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Ticketmaster warns Swift fans

TICKMASTER HAS advised Taylor Swift fans not to share images of concert tickets and be wary of fake tickets.  

Ahead of the sale of tickets for performances, including concerts at Manchester’s Etihad Stadium (cap. 63,000) and Wembley Stadium (90,000) as part of the singer’s Reputation tour, the company told customers to be careful to cover order numbers, codes and confirmation numbers in any pictures of tickets posted online. 

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Upgraded Goldenvoice deal for DICE 

TICKETING AND live music discovery platform DICE has agreed a new multi-year partnership deal with promoter AEG Presents.  

Under the agreement, DICE will become a primary ticket agent for AEG Presents division Goldenvoice UK, which promotes acts such as The xx, FKA Twigs, Florence & The Machine, The Libertines, Alabama Shakes, Alt-J, Years & Years and Gorillaz. 

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Peter Mensch to give key interview

LEGENDARY ARTISTE manager Peter Mensch, who works with acts such as Metallica, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Foals, will be the guest interviewee at the Breakfast Meeting session at the 30th edition of the International Live Music Conference (ILMC). 

New York-based Mensch started out as a manager at Leber Krebs, where he was responsible for AC/DC, Scorpions, Def Leppard and Michael Schenker. 

In 1982 he formed artiste management company Q Prime with business partner Cliff Burnstein, with other then clients including Def Leppard.

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New manager takes stage at Palladium 

REALLY USEFUL Theatres Group (RUT) has appointed Mike Hamer as the new venue manager for its flagship London Palladium (cap. 2,273). 

Hamer joins the company after 11 years at Camden’s KOKO (1,410), where he was operations manager. As well as his background in venues, he has also been involved in Glastonbury (140,000) and V Festival (87,000).  

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  UK Best Venues for Contemporary Live Music
Part 2 Open-air venues, stadiums, arenas, campus venues, arts centres, clubs, pubs & bars.

The annual 88-page round-up of the most proactive venue managers and operators working predominantly with contemporary live music, featuring interviews with and profiles of key figures.
  UK Venues for Contemporary Live Music (2017)
Part 1 Theatres and Concert Halls

The annual 92-page round-up of the most proactive venue managers and operators working predominantly with contemporary live music, featuring a directory, interviews with and profiles of key figures.